Close, but not enough
Same story, different week? As Mike McCoy always says, the Chargers fought until the end. But, as we know, it wasn’t enough. Trailing 10-3 with five minutes remaining, the Chargers put together a 17-play drive, including three conversions on fourth down, to give themselves a chance. San Diego got to the Chiefs one-yard line with five seconds remaining but was pushed back to the eleven after a delay of game penalty (after a timeout!), and a false start by Chris Hairston. On the game’s last play, Philip Rivers’ pass to Danny Woodhead was batted down by Dee Ford in the end zone, and the game was over. The Chargers now have 10 losses on the season, their most since 2003.
The Chargers haven’t scored a touchdown in three weeks. In fact, San Diego hasn’t recorded a touchdown in its last 12 quarters against AFC West opponents. It’s brutal. Injuries have marred this team for much of the season. The offensive line has been a mess, the run game is non-existent, the wide receivers (what’s left of them) can’t catch. It’s hard to watch. The Chargers have now been held to just three points in three of their last four games. Malcom Floyd, who plans to retire after the season and is playing with a torn labrum, had a crucial drop on a deep pass that likely would have went for a touchdown. Philip Rivers finished 24-43 passing for 263 yards and one interception. He was sacked a season-high five times, including three by Dee Ford.
One “bright” spot for the Chargers has been defense, at least the last two weeks. For the second straight game, the Chargers defense allowed just 10 points. However, the Chiefs ran all over San Diego. Of Kansas City’s 329 total yards on offense, 150 came on the ground. Cornerback Jason Verrett continues to get better, recording his third interception of the season. Melvin Ingram notched his sixth sack of the season, the highest by a Chargers player since 2012.
The good news: the Chargers first round pick didn’t fumble. The bad news: Gordon averaged just 2.5 yards per carry and finished with a paltry 35 yards on 14 carries.